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Revised policy will allow KC students to take part in graduation ceremonies before passing required tests
by Bain Serna
Jul 21, 2013 | 900 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES CITY -– On the July 10 regular school board meeting, the Karnes City Independent School District (KCISD) Board of Trustees approved a revision to a local policy regarding students participating in graduation/commencement ceremonies and activities.

The KCISD policy regarding students participating in commencement exercises states: “To be eligible to participate in commencement activities and ceremonies, a student shall meet all local state and local graduation requirements, including all applicable state testing.”

“Our policy currently does not allow students to participate in commencement activities unless they meet all state and local graduation requirements, including all applicable state testing,” said Superintendent Jeanette Winn. “We’ve encountered some instances in the past when our administration and school board believe a student has definitely earned the right to participate in the graduation ceremony, but the student has encountered difficulty meeting the standard one of the state tests.”

A revision to the policy was considered to allow some students who may not have met the standards of one of the state tests to still participate in the commencement ceremony and activities; however, a student who has not met applicable state testing requirements will not earn a diploma until the testing requirements are met, say district officials.

The new, revised policy now states: “A student who has satisfactorily completed all coursework requirements for graduation but has failed to meet applicable state testing requirements shall be allowed to participate in commencement activities and ceremonies.”
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